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Why Checking for Breast Cancer is Important

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S. And it's the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. In Bernalillo County, around 100 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. And 21 of those women will die.

The goal is to find cancers before they start causing symptoms. A mammogram is one of the best ways to find breast cancer early.

The information on this page was compiled by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) U.S. Preventive Task Force, American Cancer Society, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National Breast Cancer Foundation, National Cancer Institute, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Mayo Clinic. This information summarizes core care elements appropriate to most adult women.  This information should not be construed as representing standards of care nor as a substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment on clinical circumstances by a qualified health care professional. Please see our disclaimer.

For more information about this complex health issue, please see the Breast Cancer Links page for resources and sources of information.

An initiative of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional funding provided by HealthInsight New Mexico